While some Americans born and raised in freedom yearn for the “equality” promised by socialism, many Hispanic Americans know firsthand socialism only delivers pain, misery, and death.
Success of Hispanic Anti-Socialist Caravan Reflects Our History
Of Young Nations and Caravans
The cars began to line up at the gates over an hour before the event was set to begin. The gathering for the “Anti-communist and Anti-socialist Caravan for Freedom and Democracy” took place on October 10, 2020, at Magic City Casino, located on NW 7 st and 37 Avenue, in the Flagami district, close to Little Havana, the heart of Miami’s Latin community near Downtown.
The participants did not arrive one or two per car, but rather in groups of four to five per vehicle. The groups often consisted of families: grandparents, parents, and children – a testament to how the cause of the liberation of Cuba has been transmitted inter-generationally for over six decades. Before the afternoon ended, an unprecedentedly massive 30,000-car caravan would take place, driving out of the parking lot at 10 a.m. and finding its way into national headlines and the history of Miami.
By 9 a.m., half an hour before the event was slated to begin, the assigned parking lots were overflowing. The organizers had printed cardboards with numbers on them, from one to 1,000. They sought to carefully number the participants so as to preempt disputes on total participation by the media. The 1,000 cardboards were almost gone by 8:50 a.m.
Greeting the vehicles coming in were gray-polo-wearing teenage volunteers belonging to Students for a Free Cuba, grandchildren and children of Cuban exiles. These kids have grown up as witnesses to the harrowing personal accounts from their families about how Cuba, Nicaragua, and then Venezuela were lost to socialist-communist totalitarianism. The idea of addressing the continued dire human rights situation on the island has motivated them to organize. The grassroots mobilization for the anti-communist caravan inspired them to volunteer for the event.
Car number 19 was driven by José Antonio Rodríguez Sosa. As a young navy cadet in Cuba in 1959, he witnessed up close the Communist takeover of the prestigious Mariel national naval academy where he studied. It became clear to him that the new Communist overlords were reshaping the armed forces into an ideological instrument and not as an institution of the republic. He vowed to resist and spent the next ten years of his life at the helm of rebel ships supported by the CIA, which raided military objectives along the coast and brought in men and supplies to aid the internal underground.
Castro’s imposition of communism initiated a long and bloody civil war waged in the cities, hills, and coasts of the island. Many of its survivors are in exile and their commitment has not waned. The end of CIA support did not mean the end of José Antonio’s efforts and the rest of his life has been dramatically marked by his commitment to the struggle for Cuban freedom. He agreed that October 10, 2020, the anniversary of the start of Cuba’s first war of independence against Spain, was a fitting day to make a statement. He and other veterans of the Cuban freedom struggle joined the caravan.
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